Sep 3, 2010 11:00pm EDT
business practices. fox 5's maureen umeh with the news edge. >> his name is vincent abel and he's accused of swindling desperate homeowners out of their homes. some fought back, a few won but at a high cost. these are slow steps to rove for maria theresa wilson -- recovery for maria theresa wilson, a former educator with a masters degree battling back from a head injury that left her devastated both physically and financially. >> i didn't know where to go or what to do. >> reporter: unable to work her northwest d.c. home went into foreclosure. that's when she was approached by a man promising help. >> they knocked on the door and said we realize you're in preforeclosure and we can help you do this and help you with your a rearages and i said oh, my god, this is wonderful. >> reporter: that man worked for vincent abel, a local d.c. businessman involved in real estate and the mortgage business. wilson said she unwittingly signed over the title of her house to abel and became a renter in her own home. she still had to pay her mortgage and when she couldn't keep up, abel evicted her.